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10 essential apps for Android smartphone users

Google Android users need these apps

The Android Market offers much more than just games and wallpaper apps, but a lot of it is junk. Let us make things easy for you. Here are 10 free utilities or services that no Android user should be without.

Dropbox

Get Dropbox and install it on every computer you own. You will thank us later.

While Evernote is focused mainly on syncing notes between different devices, Dropbox lets you sync practically anything (provided that you have the space in your Dropbox account). Keeping important files in your Dropbox folder is the easiest way to ensure that you are never without a critical PowerPoint presentation or Word document, for example.

On Android, Dropbox allows you to download anything in your Dropbox folder for viewing on your phone. Dropbox is a useful utility for moving data on and off your phone with little to no hassle. Just make sure that you are okay with Dropbox's security policy.

Google Voice

Google Voice behaves a lot like Apple's Visual Voicemail function on iOS, but with a lot of extra benefits. When you sign up for Google Voice, you get a secondary phone number that is tied to your Google account. You can use that secondary number to make or receive cheap long-distance calls, and you can screen or block unwanted callers. The app will also transcribe your voicemail (to the best of its ability) and present the messages in such a way that you can easily see who has been calling and for what purpose. It's currently only available in the US though.

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